MARCH 2018


Hello again,

It is March and that means we are all Irish on March 17th. That is, after we lose an hour of sleep on March 11th. We are heading into spring March 20th, and it is a time of new beginnings. We are absolutely taking advantage of that at PMI Pittsburgh. We are coming up with new ideas and new ways to get you engaged. We are trying a few things for the first time ever; a networking pizza mixer and an escape room event. These events are being planned by our Outreach team, led by Paul Halenda. Please see more about Paul, details about his group and how you can get involved in his team in our VP Sptlight below. First, I want to share a budget update with you.

We are also working on balancing our 2018 budget. As you can imagine the budget process can be painful. One of the items we are struggling with is the largest expense we have on our books, that is the monthly chapter meetings. As you know we have offered free monthly dinner meetings for many years. The cost of these events is continuing to rise and we are trying to balance that against the benefit that our members are receiving. The Board members are developing an approach that would work for everyone and still allow the chapter to honor the fiduciary responsibility we have to all 1700+ members. We are working on a proposal to share in the next few months. In the meantime, the Board members would like your feedback. How much would you be willing to pay for the monthly meetings? More to come on this soon. 

Kimberly Reed

President, Pittsburgh PMI 

VP Spotlight

Hi everyone this is Paul Halenda, VP of Outreach. A little about me, I have over 10 years’ experience as a Project Manager in the Healthcare industry. I have been volunteering in the outreach space for several years. I enjoy spending my free time with my four children, running, rowing, and volunteering on session at my church.

The purpose of our Outreach Program is to promote the PMI Pittsburgh chapter to local businesses, academic organizations, professional associations, and the local Pittsburgh community. Through these public relations we aim to promote awareness of the purpose, activities and benefits of the chapter to our members, companies, colleges, organizations and associations. Through feedback and communication we analyse our member needs and requirements to improve effectiveness of our offerings in pursuit of an overall goal of growth and improvement in the field of project management, and ultimately establishing the Pittsburgh area as a Project Management Center of Excellence.

Our Outreach team has several Social Networking events in the works, our first one for 2018 was held on February 22nd, at Caliente Pizza and Draft House in Bloomfield. Our topic was PIZZA TALK (Guests put their name and a topic into a hat to discuss a PM topic). We had 36 people in attendance and a great discussion. There will more Social Networking throughout the year so watch the calendar. And lastly for March, we are once again hosting our Hands on Workshops (HOW). Our first HOW will be on May 17th at Lot 17 in Bloomfield. The topic for this event will be “Systems Design for Agile Projects to Improve Flow and Velocity” and our speaker for the event is Fred Koos (Past President). We will have registration setup for this event shortly. In addition, these events will be held once a quarter, if you are looking for PDU’s, come and attend.

My Team can always use volunteers that have time available to help us continue to support our membership. Please reach out to me, and I would be happy to get you involved. I appreciate every volunteer, and please accept my “Thank You” to all our current and future volunteers. Your time and dedication is greatly appreciated. We will have more to follow for 2018.


New Chapter Members

As of March 4, 2018 the chapter has 1,729 members. Please join us in welcoming the following new chapter members since the last newsletter: Moham Youssef Aljabi,  Bedsole, Shirley Jean Bergman, Jack Bernard, Natalie Bolea, Susan Brennan, Courtney Castriotta, Evan Cobbett, Joe Colatruglio, christine creamer, Ann Crissman, Nicholas Currey, Jennifer Franz, Robyn Gallimore-Jones, Lawrence Giannetti, Josh Grosso, Robert Johnson, Christopher Jones, Abhijeet Joshi, Carol Kacinko, James Keenan, Austin Keith, DJ Klein, Michael La Bertew, Jeffrey Laliberte, Marc Luce, James Matisko, Greg Matzorkis, Michael Mazzoni, Patricia Mley, Edward Monroe, Lawrence Mumford, Tesha Nesbit Arrington, Paul Nyirenda, James Osman, Mehmet Bilal Ozel, Christopher Pajak, Timothy Parrish, Cody Peters, David Rodkey, Lauren Shaffer, Marla Taylor-Kuntz, Christina Vizza, Kristin Walsh, LaNita  Whittle, Steven Williams, Le Yang

Welcome to the Chapter!

Hope we all take a moment to welcome our new chapter members if they attend a meeting or event in Johnstown, State College, or Pittsburgh. Remember, we were ALL new members at one time!

New Chapter Credentials

As of March 4, 2018 the chapter has 1,238 credentials in the membership (PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-ACP®, PGMP®).  Please join us in congratulating the following new chapter members that received a new credential since the last newsletter:  ames Archbold, Jr.PMP, Peter Brusamonti PMP, Richard Burtnett PMP, Evan Cobbett CAPM, Joe Colatruglio PMP, Joseph Coulter PMP, Emily Glass PMP, Christopher Kupper PMP, Carrie Maloney PMP, Beth Ann Nowka PMI-ACP, David Pannunzio PMP, Jason Pipes PMP, Bonnie Praksti PMP, Carol Rigdon PMP, Kristin Ruth PMP, Michael Shaffer PMP, Michael Steich PMP, Meredith Whitney PMP, Sarah  Zwack PMP 

Congratulations, New Credential Holders!